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Do you like to entertain?
Or do you just like to have a nice spread, even if it's only for you and your little family?
I don't know about you, but I sure do! I love throwing parties and showers, and having people over. I definitely don't do it often enough, but I wish I did.
Part of it for me is the decor. I like to make things look nice.
So when I saw these bamboo placemats at Target for $2.50 (for four!) I knew I could do something with them to make them fun and functional for us this summer.
Here's what you need:
- Silhouette (LUCY!)
- something to put under your placemats
Start off by designing something using your Silhouette software. Chevrons are the rage right now, and I thought they would be fun to have coming at different angles on the placemats.
Cut your vinyl. Peel off the design, and place it where you want it on the placemat. You can also use the negative space as a stencil, so you only have to cut the design twice. I'm all about speed crafting.
Stencil in your design using your choice of paint. I did two coats.
Take them outside to dry and realize that, duh!, the placemats are bamboo and have slats, so the paint totally bled through. Shoulda put a plastic placemat down! Learn from me.
When the paint is dry, peel off your vinyl.
Since the placemats did have the slats, you may have a bit of bleed through with the paint. The vinyl doesn't totally want to stick. I still think they look okay!
Pair them with a fabulous tablecloth for a bright, summery look.
View from the top.
Throw in some mis-matched colorful plastic ware, and you are ready to serve!
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